Lurie College Faculty Awarded Teacher Residency Grant

Hearing Test

SJSU Lurie College student receives guidance on administering a hearing test.

Reports in recent years, such as one from the Learning Policy Institute, a nonprofit and nonpartisan research center, have highlighted how recruitment and retention challenges are resulting in national teaching shortages and how teacher residency programs can address these challenges.  In light of that, Lurie College of Education faculty David Whitenack and Lisa Simpson recently applied for and were awarded a Teacher Residency Grant through the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing to create opportunities for Lurie College students to complete special education, STEM, and/or bilingual education residency programs.  Dr. Whitenack and Dr. Simpson were one of 33 grant recipients and have established a partnership with Franklin McKinley School District to host the residency program.  This grant will create opportunities for 10 Lurie College students to participate in and benefit from the year-long residency program on their journey to becoming impactful educators!

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Scholarship Info Session a Success

Scholarship Info Session

At Lurie College, we want to ensure that students are aware of the resources available to them so they can continue to pursue equity and excellence in education, which is why we partnered with the SJSU Scholarships Office to host an info session for students to learn about how to apply for SJSU and Lurie College scholarships for the upcoming year.  This week, about 40 students attended the session to receive instructions and insights from staff in the SJSU Scholarship Office and faculty on the Lurie College Scholarship Review Committee.  Thanks to the generous support of donors, Lurie College has over $200,000 available to provide to current and incoming students for the 2019-2020 academic year.  Students who are interested and eligible to apply can visit the SJSU Scholarships webpage to learn more and submit an application by Monday, April 1!

Learn more about the SJSU Lurie College of Education at  Photo by Brian Cheung Dooley.

Lurie College Faculty Partner with Children’s Discovery Museum

To kickoff the year, Lurie College Special Education faculty members Lisa Simpson and Matthew Love partnered with the Children’s Discovery Museum to facilitate a workshop to help museum staff better engage all patrons in their exhibits and activities.  After touring the museum and talking with staff members, Lisa and Matt shared some of the strategies they use in special education, particularly to support active engagement of individuals who may have autism spectrum disorders.  This Saturday, February 9, from 5:30-8pm, the Children’s Discovery Museum is hosting Play Your Way, an event designed especially for children with autism, ages 2-15, and their families.  Lurie College is proud to have faculty members like Lisa and Matt who are collaborating with organizations in the community to create positive and accessible learning experiences and we hope to continue the relationship with the Children’s Discovery Museum San Jose!

Faculty Promote Early Childhood Initiative

Lurie College and SJSU faculty discuss the Early Childhood Initiative.

Lurie College and SJSU faculty discuss the Early Childhood Initiative.

About 20 faculty from across Lurie College and SJSU recently came together to discuss the Early Childhood Initiative, which has been conceptualized and led by faculty members Andrea Golloher (Special Education Department), Emily Slusser (Child and Adolescent Development Department) and Maria Fusaro (Child and Adolescent Development Department) and is intended to

  • provide training and support for pre- and in-service early childhood practitioners;
  • bridge the research-to-practice gap, advance research, and develop best practices; and
  • support the professionalization of early childhood care and education.

We can’t wait to see where their ideas and passions take this initiative!